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Once Perfect

(Shattered Past #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,284 ratings  ·  461 reviews
His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Al
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Flirt (first published January 1st 2014)
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4 Refreshing New Adult Stars!


I love when I find a new adult book that not only takes me by surprise but also has me believing in the characters and the romance. It was refreshing to read a new adult couple that felt authentic to their background, age, and life situation.

Once Perfect isn't your average college romance with carbon-copy characters, plot, and soap opera drama. There's drama, some heartbreaking at times, but it was balanced with humor and story building. In fact, I was surprised at
Giorgia ~ Reads
2.5 stars

This started well. I liked the whole bad boy/good girl angle (I'm basic like that) and I especially loved how very normal/real the progression of the MC's relationship was. It was my type of book really.

Until.. well, this will come with some spoilers but Matteo, the male MC's family is very messed up, but that wasn't the issue. The problem was that the author implied over and over that Matteo and his two sisters have to put up with beatings and horrible treatment from their parents jus
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok

Title: Once Perfect
Series: Shattered Past #1
Author: Cecy Robson
Release Date:
Rating: 2. 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I really adore Cecy Robson’s Urban Fantasy series, Weird Girls, it’s totally kickass! From spellbinding plot and awesome characters to sizzling writing style, Weird Girls rules. I expected the same from Cecy’s new adult novel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like this. While the premise sounded good and the book started very well, around 50% in I wa

4 Solid Stars! The mouthwatering Mateo is a powerhouse with a gentle touch and a kind heart...delicious!

As a rule, I'm not a fan of this particular sub-genre of romance, but this was a pretty good New Adult debut by Cecy Robson. What I loved most about this book is that while Mateo and Evie faced challenges in their relationship, they didn't push each other away. They faced everything together...head on, which empowered them as a couple and they won me over. They didn't run or play the woe-is-m
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

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Reread: June 2017

Now available on audio!! Naturally I had to revisit Teo and Evie, and it was just as fantastic as the first time around.

*This was a new to me narrator, I didn't find her performance outstanding, but, she's good and made the audiobook an enjoyable reread.

October 2014

4.5 Fighting For Love Stars!!

I really enjoyed this story. Mateo, is an ex Marine, ex Con and current Nighclub Bouncer. Evelyn is a shunned Debutant, part-time cocktail, waitress and full time nursing studen
Evelyn (Evie) Preston is a waitress at a hip nightclub while at the same time attending nursing school and struggling to pay bills. It’s a bit of a comedown from her earlier life as the privileged daughter of a wealthy businessman just three years ago. His suicide following an embezzlement scandal changed everything, let alone personal traumas even she hasn’t fully acknowledged. Mateo Tres Santos is a bouncer at the nightclub, an imposing figure at 6’4” compared to the petite Evie. Circumstances ...more
3.5 stars
"Just breathe for me."

Abandoned and shunned, Evelyn finds herself alone with nothing left. She used to have it all until her father took his own life. While trying to stay on track on becoming a Nurse, she goes to school during the day while working at a Club Excess at night. Club Excess is where the rich kids go to live it up, drinking and getting their hands on anything they can get to go higher than high. What keeps her safe are the bodyguards of Excess, and the man who
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Mateo and Evie Stars * * * *

Two people from totally different cultures and economic backgrounds collide. Assumptions are made but once they are stripped away... they understand they are just people who connect and are good for one another. Sounds like any romance story out there, right... except this tale had so much more to it than that.

We get the rich, privileged girl who suffers at the hands of the father's sins. He embezzled, disgraced his family and then ended things in a drastic manner.
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Cecy's writing. This story was particularly compelling because it brought to the forefront the issues that stay with us when we go through some kind of abuse whether it's physical or emotional. I loved Mateo and Evie. He was the protector. The family glue. Being hispanic myself, I get the way the family behaved with their antiquated beliefs. It's one of those things I will never understand about my people. The character growth was beautiful to see and the side characters are set up for so ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-swept
2.5 - "I'm good with my hands." Stars.

Once Perfect is the type of book that due to its subject matter/storyline, as a reader I feel a little guilty for not really liking it. This may just be me not gelling with the author’s writing style, as it wasn’t all bad, and I will try to pinpoint my reasons for why it didn’t really work for me.

It started out pretty good, I liked Evie initially and Mateo was pretty swoonworthy with his protectiveness of her, but as the book progressed the chemistry I think
Michelle [Helen Geek]
07/24/2014 --

Overall Rating = 2.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 3 / 1 = 2.5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2 Stars
Character Development = 3 Stars
Story Appreciation = 2 Stars
Worth the Chili = 4 Stars -- [$2.99 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild
272 pages

Okay .. this didn't work for me. I've gotten used to more meaty Loveswept books. This was definitely not that. More than half the book was taken up with Evie, our heroine contemplating and being fearful of Teo's big cock. I read through
Wendy Marcus
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazingly fantastic!! I loved it from beginning to end and read it in one sitting. Mateo has made my list of top ten favorite alpha heroes!!! I highly recommend this one!

And if, like me, you don't typically read books written in first person with only one point of view, don't let that stop you from buying this book. It is sooooo well written you won't miss the hero's POV at all.
Sheryl C. Nash
*4.5 stars*

Pretty awesome, ending felt a bit rushed though and hopefully both Lety and Brody AND Sofia and Killian get their stories (coz I sooooo wanna read them!!!!)

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Cecy Robson is a new-to-me author but after reading Once Perfect, I'm on a mission to catch up with what I missed out on by not knowing about her. She definitely won me over with Mateo and Evie. Loved these two so much.

Not only is the cover OUTSTANDING, but more important, so is the story. I was immediately drawn to Evie and Mateo. It was so much fun reading them fall in love. It wasn't an easy journey for them but it was funny, sweet, heartbreaking and left me smiling at the end. Mateo..he had
Daisy Delfin
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na, 2020
Pages: 221
My rating: 4
Read other books by this author in the future: yes
MC: Evie, Teo

Once Perfect was a good book. I liked the story and I liked that the FMC realised that her hard life today is a good one.
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Ah what a sweet NA read this was. Two really likeable characters with a whole slew of interesting side characters. Good story line that the author could have made much darker but didn't and on this occasion it suited the book, story and style of writing.

There wasn't much in the way of steam but that totally worked here too. I love that their relationship wasn't rushed, and how the author peeled back the characters pasts layer by layer.

For me, the only thing that was missing was Teo's POV. I woul
Lisa Filipe
This is what I consider to be a "want to hide in bed all day so I can just read one more page" kind of read. ONCE PERFECT was...well...Just Perfect! If I didn't have two little ones, and work to do, I would have finished in one sitting...ahhh...I remember those days...

Back to the book, Cecy Robson got me hooked...line and sinker, and for those who are fans of movies like CRAZY BEAUTIFUL , the PERFECT CHEMISTRY Series by Simone Elkeles, and the TRUE Believers Series by Erin McCarty, you will SOOO
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars.

This book took me by surprise - I was not expecting such a heart-breaking, romantic and intense story. Evelyn and Mateo both have things from their past they are trying to work through. They both have struggled in their lives and are dealing with some really difficult issues. I really loved the way that their relationship developed and the connection between these characters. What I really enjoyed about this story was there wasn't a lot of angst or stupid drama with silly misunderstand
Vivian Jane ✯
**ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review!**
*Quotes may differ upon publication*
Pushing the Limits series, anyone?!?!? Nothing is ever ever EVER topping that fantastically written series so...
"You're really pretty when you smile, you know that?
I wish I can see that smile more."

A beautiful ex-rich white girl working at a bar.
And a Cuban ex-con bouncer.
The oddest combination, yet the sparks ignite. Opposites attract, right? But they are more sim
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of this book and I was so happy when I found out I've been approved on Netgalley to read and review it. (Many thanks to the publisher and author!)


Now about the book...


He was in the army before he had to go to prison for beating up a man. The thing is, it was to protect and take revenge against the man who raped his little sister. He's a really good guy if you get to know him and you can be sure he'll have your back if there's trouble. Right now he's a bouncer in a nightcl
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book has it all. It is romantic, touching, a little heart breaking and came with a mild dose of suspense that keep me wondering what will Cecy Robson reveal next? It also touch on the challenges for our interracial couple who not only different in color, but family background as well.

Instead of the usual, whereby author build up the characters background from the beginning, in Once Perfect, we slowly learn of their past through the pages little by little.

Evelyn came from a privile
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
OH WOW!!!! I really enjoyed this book. Mateo, an ex-army, ex-con, current bouncer at a club helps Evelyn during a panic attack. Evelyn, an ex-rich girl, now waitress and nursing student begins to see Mateo as a HOT guy instead of being afraid of him. They start dating and during their relationship a lot of childhood trauma surfaces for Evie, and lands her in an inpatient hospital for psych treatment. Mateo seems to be withdrawing from Evie. He gets hurt at an unsanctioned MMA fight and Evie goes ...more
Once Perfect was a solid 4.5 Star, new adult read.

Evelyn Preston's world shattered when her father killed himself after being caught embezzling. This left Evelyn penniless and struggling to survive, she went from riches to rags.

Mateo Santos is an ex-con, working as a bouncer and MMA fighter to support his mother and sisters.

Evelyn has been working at a popular night club to work her way through college. Mateo is the head bouncer and the same night club. One act of kindness ignites an unlikely f
Dawn Parker
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this read. I will say as a heads up, one character suffers from sexual abuse, just incase there is a strong sensitivity in that area. I commend the author for writing about this subject. It is so well written with thoughts and therapists in this read, it is as if you were the one attacked.

Evelyn leads a life of high society until her world comes crashing down when her dad commits suicide and everyone finds out of her dads scandal. She literally goes from debutant riches with a da
This ARC was graciously provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It doesn't get much better than this!! This author came out of left field and blew it away with this novel.

This is the story of Mateo, a bouncer from a shady past who falls in love with a waitress, Evelyn. Evie is cautious when it comes to the big bouncer on account that he did time in prison but after learning the reason behind his stay she lets him in and they start a journey that will take them on a wild ride.

Lover of Romance
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
Evelyn Preston once had the picture perfect life that anyone would have envied, but then her life was destroyed when her father commited scandal and suicide and she was left on her own. Now she is doing everything she can to work and pay for her college tuition as a waitress at a high end nightclub. But there is one man, that draws her attention, a man she knows is way out of her league. Handsome, sexy, buil
**This was an ARC copy given by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review**

4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked Evie and Mateo and their story was very good and kept me engaged until the end. On sexual content, there are sex scenes but they're not explicit and I wouldn't term this as erotic. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.

Evie was a debutante and thought she had no worries in
Two worlds collide in a heated frenzy of love and need in Cecy Robson’s Once Perfect, the first book in her Shattered past series.

Evelyn couldn’t be more out of her element as a waitress in a popular nightclub. Her past has been dark, as she went from a privileged daughter to a young woman struggling to make ends meet while trying to fulfill her dreams of college. Suffering from nightmares and panic attacks, she fights to keep it together, alone. Mateo was born on the wrong side of the tracks, h
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was AWESOME! Mateo is the ultimate bad boy, sexy hunk of love. Evelyn is the poor little rich girl who has to learn to survive on her own. Together they are the most amazing couple. It is through their love that they are able to grow and learn. The plot was so good that I could not put it down and read all night. This is a must read!

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Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was curious to see what one of my favorite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors would do with a contemporary New Adult. She brought together elements that I find very attractive: opposites, class and ethnic group issues, wounded characters with pasts, sports and strong secondary characters. This was a hit with me and a definite win.

Evelyn Preston's life is drastically different from what it was pre-scandalous crime of father, pre-suicide of father, pre-desertion by family and fiance'. She
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CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of nineteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Ce ...more

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